Specialty I/O

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ARM® Artisan Specialty I/O libraries, designed to address standards based applications for today’s system-on-a-chip designs, by providing a comprehensive cell set, ARM enables flexibility in configuring the interface to best meet power, and area targets. 

ARM Specialty I/O products are available from the latest advanced nodes to established 180nm nodes. These are "best in class" libraries based on architectural analysis by experts in leading-edge processes and design styles. Depending on the specific process and foundry the libraries include a broad range of application specific cell to look after standards like PCI, PCI-X, USB1.1, LVDS, HSTL, SSTL, etc., along with comprehensive pad ring support cells. The Specialty I/O can address a whole range of SoC application allowing the choice in packaging and metal options to create compelling options for wide range of SoC price points.

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Artisan Specialty I/O solutions provide standards based high speed interface solutions meeting certain industry standards such as PCI-X, LVDS, HSTL, SSTL and more. ARM Specialty I/O solutions are foundry and process optimized delivering optimal performance, power and area.
Artisan Specialty I/O Key Benefits
  • Optimum interface solutions that ensure highest flexibility in implementation without compromising stringent Standard Specification requirements
  • Higher margins delivered thru smaller die area, lower power and flexibility in packaging
  • Time To Market advantage leveraging silicon proven technology that has been demonstrated with broadest EDA views
  • Lowest risk solutions with a long history of high volume production backed by an experienced support team.

ARM has a successful history of Physical IP development and takes the forefront in cooperation with foundries, customers and EDA vendors. Such alignment across key disciplines within the industry results in continuous improvements in cell sets, architecture and modeling, all of which are proven in thousands of designs.

Artisan Specialty I/O products are designed to target a specific process node and foundry to ensure the most performance is extracted out of the design and ensure robust operation is met.

Designed to meet a wide range of process, voltage and temperature conditions, the Artisan Specialty IO verifies in our silicon test chip to ensure correlation between simulation models and ensure full functionality.

  • Compliant to Industry Standards (TIA, JEDEC, PCI-SIG)
  • Operating speed in excess of 800MHz
  • Robust ESD structures 2000V HBM and 200V MM
  • Low Leakage control sub 10uA
  • Tight skew specs & Minimum propagation delays
  • Area optimized to reduce chip size

  • Programmable Voltage Levels
  • ESD Tolerance 2000V HBM  200V MM
  • Comprehensive support power cells
  • Built-in Supply Decoupling
  • Flip Chip or Wirebond support
  • Pad Limited or Core Limited Layout

ARM Specialty I/O Interface IP may be used in complex SoC designs that require many types of IP across the design. In addition to Specialty I/O IP, ARM offers a wide variety of compatible Processor to Pads IP including ARM Processor, Multimedia, System and Physical IP, with which to develop your SoC.

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ARM Physical IP   ARM Processor IP   ARM System IP   ARM Multimedia IP  
General Purpose I/O Cortex-A9 Peripherals Mali-400
POP IP Cortex-A15/7 System Controllers Mali-200
Logic Cortex-A12 Debug & Trace IP Mali-T6XX series
Embedded Memory Cortex-A50 series Memory Controllers

You can view ARM Specialty IO and other Physical IP products in DesignStart. Registered users of DesignStart can download Front-End Packages for all products that enable a comprehensive IP evaluation including place and route. DesignStart also includes access to technical documentation, including Datasheets and Application Notes.

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